Mark Bowers
Owner of BTC  
Mark is a life-long tennis fanatic and was proud to be able to build a quality tennis center in Bloomington/Normal. Mark played tennis at Jersey Community High School and was a state qualifier and was recruited to play tennis at Eastern Illinois University.  Mark transferred from EIU and ended up at Division III Illinois College in Jacksonville, IL where he played a successful collegiate career at #1 singles and doubles. He holds the record for most career wins in singles and doubles at IC, not to mention holding the highest win percentage. In 2013, Mark was the captain of the 9.0 Mixed Doubles Team from Central Illinois that won the National Championship in Tucson, AZ. Mark is currently a Realtor at Berkshire Hathaway Snyder Real Estate here in Bloomington and also serves as an assistant coach for the University High School boys tennis team in Normal, IL.

Position OPEN
Director of Junior Tennis  

Mark Klysner
Head Pro & Illinois State University Men's Coach   

Coach Klysner was born in Denmark, prior to his family moving to Winnipeg, Canada.  As a Junior, he played for the Canadian Junior National Team and his claim to fame is that he has a junior win over former #1 player in the world, Andy Roddick..pretty darn impressive!  Mark was a standout tennis player at the University of South Carolina and has coached at several D-1 programs prior to making the track to Normal as Head Coach of our Redbird's Men's Tennis Team.  If you are a hard-worker, Coach Klysner is available for private instruction when he isn't recruiting or coaching the team.

Maja Kovacek
Head Pro & Illinois State University Women's Coach  
(309) 750-4142

Coach Kovacek is a native of Croatia and played her collegiate tennis at the University of New Mexico. She was an outstanding collegiate player earning three bids to the NCAA Tournament and garnered National rankings as high as #2 in doubles and #21 in singles...AMAZING!!  She served as an assistant at the University of Oregon prior to coming to ISU and has been leading the Redbirds since her hire in the summer of 2014.  Coach Kovacek knows her stuff and is available for private instruction...see her to take your game to the next level!!

Ric Zamudio
Head Pro & Former Illinois Wesleyan University Women's Coach  

Ric has a profound love for the game of tennis, and has led the IWU women's program for quite some time now.  He plays competitively on 4.5 USTA League Teams still today and enjoys sweating out singles matches. Ric's son, Ricky, was a standout at BHS, prior to playing club tennis at University of Iowa, so you may see the two Zamudio's on court from time to time playing a little father/son doubles.  We are happy to have Ric's tennis knowledge at BTC!

Hannah Meece 
Assistant Pro & Assistant Women's Coach at Central Catholic HS  

Hannah is a native of Effingham, IL and was a high school standout prior to being recruited to play at Illinois State University.  After a standout career for the Redbirds, she was hired by State Farm Insurance and we were lucky enough to have her stay in the area.  Hannah has experience working with young kids, all the way up to adults of all ability levels and she is very knowledgeable about the game of tennis.  Her passion and love for the game is quite obvious when you see her on court.  Hannah was also a member of the 2013 9.0 Mixed National Championship Squad as she teamed up with local 4.0 tennis legend Joe Rottman as they made a formidable tandem. 

Jon Friesen
Assistant Pro & Head Boys Coach at University HS  

Jon is a Biochemistry professor at Illinois State University and loves the game of tennis. He played D-3 tennis at Bluffton College in Ohio, prior to heading to Purdue University for his graduate work, and then to University of Michigan for his post-doctoral work. Jon has led U-High to a top 20 finish in the IHSA State Tennis tourney in his two years as head coach and has a fantastic squad for the coming few years...not to mention U-High's Sectional Team Title in 2016, which has been a long time coming for the Pioneers. He too was a member of the 2013 9.0 Mixed National Championship Squad and won the deciding match against Northern California to clinch the title.  Jon is a valuable asset to BTC and will work with any junior or adult that wants to improve their tennis game.

Ricky Zamudio
Assistant Pro